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Report: Workers sue Shell, Enbridge for $1M in damages from oil platform fire

Three workers stationed at one of Royal Dutch Shell plc's Gulf of Mexico platforms that had caught fire sued the company and Enbridge Inc. for $1 million in damages, Reuters reported Dec. 18.

The lawsuit sought damages due to safety lapses on the platform, which resulted in severe injuries to the workers, according to the report. The workers sued Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., Shell Offshore Inc. and the Enbridge unit Garden Banks Gas Pipeline Co., which owns a gas pipeline connected to the platform.

The Enchilada platform, located about 112 nautical miles south of Vermilion Bay, La., has been placed out of operations since the Nov. 8 fire, which is still under investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The incident also caused the shutdown of other oil platforms, including Shell's Auger and Salsa platforms, the report said.